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HSE: Safe maintenance video. Video clip – part of the NAPO series, which use wordless communication and graphically illustrated cartoons to demonstrate the right tools and protective equipment to do your job safely. The DVD is available from HSE Books. -added 30.12.10
More information here


HSE: Protect your skin video. Video clip – part of the NAPO series; using wordless communication and graphically illustrated cartoons to highlight causes of skin problems, with steps to take to prevent re-occurrance. NAPO in Protect your skin’ DVD is available from HSE books. -added 23.12.10
More information here


HSE: Webtool for shops. HSE has worked to produce the web tool to help implement Lord Young’s recommendation that low-risk workplaces, such as shops, are spared unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy. -added 17.12.10
View press release here
Web tool available here


HSE: Risk assessments for small and medium size firms. Example risk assessments show how other small and medium-sized businesses have approached risk assessment. Use the examples as a guide to think about hazards in the workplace and steps to control the risks. -added 17.12.10
Available here


ECHA/HSE: New European rules on notifying chemical substances . HSE is supporting the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) campaign to remind companies that new rules on classification, labelling, packaging and notification of chemical substances come into force on 1 December 2010. From December, within one-month of placing a chemical substance on the market, all companies involved in their manufacturer or import will need to notify the ECHA for their inclusion in the new Classification and Labelling Inventory. -added 3.12.10
Read press release here
Practical guide available here


HMG: Clearing snow yourself Government guidance . What are your rights and responsibilities on clearing snow and ice from public areas? New guidance from DirectGov offers tips and advice. -added 26.11.10
Available here


HSE: 'What to expect when a health and safety inspector calls’ leaflet updated . One minor amend has been made to this document, although it has also been updated to the more accessible format during that process. -added 26.11.10
Available here


HSE: Classroom risk assessment . HSE has worked in collaboration with DfE and the devolved administrations to develop this tool. It enables you to produce a tailored assessment by selecting the relevant hazards and thinking about how you control them. This questionnaire seeks views on the functionality and usability of the tool and views as to how it compares to DfE’s/HSE’s other guidance on risk assessment. -added 26.11.10
Available here


HSE: Your health, your safety: A guide for workers . A guide for workers sets out workers rights, what workers should expect from their employers, where to go for help. -added 19.11.10
More information here


HSE: Involve your workers: video case studies – shared experiences . Discover how organisations can successfully involve their workforce in managing health and safety. Watch real video footage and read about Health and Safety stories, from the employers, employees and representatives involved. -added 19.11.10
More information here


HSE: Lord Young Review podcast. Judith Hackitt, the chair of HSE, welcomes publication of Lord Young’s review of health and safety. -added 3.11.10
Listen and read transcript here


HSE: Health and safety statistics 2009/10. The latest statistics on work-related health and safety – work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety - in Great Britain for 2009/10 have been published. -added 28.10.10
Available here


HSE: Local Exhaust Ventilation, new FAQs to website. Two new local exhaust ventilation (LEV) frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been added to to the existing FAQs on the LEV website. They are ‘What is the purpose of a thorough examination and test?’ and ‘Who can undertake the thorough examination and test and what responsibility does that person have?’ -added 26.10.10
LEV FAQs here


HSE: HSE revised UK resuscitation guidance. Following the recent revisions to the UK resuscitation guidelines. HSE are now informing all HSE approved training providers involved in the deliver of first aid at work, emergency first aid at work, offshore first aid or offshore medic training the timetable by which they should be compliant with the changes to UK Resuscitation protocols. -added 21.10.10
Summary of guidance here
Guidance here here


HSE: 'Do your bit' HSE free and subsidised training. HSE are funding 100% of the cost for organisations to participate in workshops on workforce involvement attended by both health & safety representative and line managers. There are two types of event available both of which are aimed at workforce involvement. There are also number of subsidised events. -added 15.10.10
Information about the free workshops here
More about 'Do your bit' here


HSE: National register of occupational safety consultants. A new national register of occupational safety consultants will be set up to help employers access good quality, proportionate advice, HSE has confirmed. The Occupational Safety Consultants Register (OSCR) will go live in January 2011. It will provide firms with details of consultants who have met the highest qualification standard of recognised professional bodies and who are bound by a code of conduct that requires them to only give advice which is sensible and proportionate. -added 15.10.10
Read press release here


HSE: ‘20-minute’ risk assessment for low risk offices available. A new online risk assessment will help cut back the time it takes to weigh up the hazards in offices to just 20 minutes. HSE has produced the web tool to help employers to consider relevant hazards in their office and think about how they control them to keep staff safe. Launched today, the tool will help avoid unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy for office-based businesses, which tend to be low risk. -added 15.10.10
Read press release here
Risk assessment tool available here


HMG: Lord Young's review of health ad safety published. Lord Young has published his review of health and safety, Common Sense – Common Safety Commissioned by the Prime Minister. The report makes recommendations for improving the way health and safety is applied and tackling the compensation culture. -added 15.10.10
Read press release here
Report available here


HSE: Fire Safety In Construction HSG 168 revised. Each year there are thousands of fires on construction sites, potentially putting the lives of workers and members of the public at risk. The new guidance is about preventing fires from starting and ensuring people’s safety if they do. -added 8.10.10
Read press release here
Download guidance here


HSE: Getting started with health and safety – step by step advice. Good practice in health and safety is good for your business – and it’s the law. HSE is here to help – our online advice and tools, and our free, confidential helpline can help save you time and effort getting started. These 11 steps detail the things a new business must do to fulfill their legal responsibilities. -added 10.9.10
More information here


HSE: Woodworking fire and explosions. Wood dust can cause fire and explosion. The minimum explosible concentration for “wood flour” is 60g/m3 and a dust cloud at this concentration would resemble a very dense fog. -added 26.8.10
More information here


HSE: Woodworking hazardous substances. As well as causing asthma, wood dust, sap and the lichens associated with wood can have adverse health effects on the skin, respiratory tract (nose and lungs), eyes as well as the whole body. -added 18.8.10
More information here


HSE: Woodworking noise. Woodworking has some of the noisiest work places in industry. Short exposure to high noise levels can cause temporary hearing loss, but longer exposures can result in permanent damage. -added 13.8.10
More information here


HSE: New Health and Safety Law poster On 6 April 2009, HSE published a new version of its approved health and safety law poster. The new poster and pocket card set out in simple terms, using numbered lists of basic points, what employers and workers must do, as well a showing what to do if there is a problem. Employers have until April 2014 to make the change -added 9.8.10
More information here
Order a poster/cards here


HSE: Woodworking dust. Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 require that you protect workers from the hazards of wood dust. -added 5.8.10
More information here


HSE: Annual Report 2009/10 published. The Health and Safety Executive publishes an Annual Report on the performance of its functions, as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It shows how the organisation has performed against published work plans[1] so that stakeholders can see how we are delivering. It also includes a section on the HSE Accounts. -added 30.7.10
Available here


HSE: When does CDM 2007 apply to a project?. The CDM 2007 Regulations apply to most common building, civil engineering and engineering construction work. You must notify HSE of the site if the construction work is expected to either: last longer than 30 days; or involve more than 500 person days of construction work; HSE should be notified in writing before construction work starts; you can use form F10. Your notification should be sent to the HSE office nearest to the proposed site. -added 22.7.10
More information here


HSE: FIT testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment facepieces updated. Revised HSE guidance on RPE fit testing, circular updated as scheme is introduced to improve competency of fit testers. HSE Guidance document 282/28, ‘FIT testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment facepiecies’, has been updated and now includes both the Operational Circular OC 282/28 and the Information Document HSE 282/28. -added 22.7.10
Guidance here


HSE: Work related stress information for health and safety representatives. Experience of working with organisations has demonstrated that the active participation of union & employee representatives is a critical component in delivering improvements in employee health and well being.-added 22.7.10
More information here


HSE: Disability. ‘Health and safey’ is sometimes used as a false excuse for not employing people with a disability. However, research has shown that disabled employees are as productive as their colleagues. -added 22.7.10
More information here


HSE: Woodworking health risks. Health risks in woodworking are not as well known as the safety risks but it is important that they are also included in the risk assessment. Key risks include manual handling, wood dust, noise and hazardous substances. -added 16.7.10
More information here


HSE: Gas advice for landlords –dealing with tenants. What information do I have to give my tenants? You must issue the latest gas safety check record to: existing tenants within 28 days of the gas safety check record being completed and to new tenants before they move in. -added 1.7.10
More information here


HSE: Agricultural machinery - design, manufacture and supply website. These web pages are for people who design, manufacture and supply agricultural machinery. -added 1.7.10
View website here


CBH: Constructing Better Health in the Construction Industry. A not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the health of the construction industry workforce. CBH is responsible for delivering the National Scheme for the management of occupational health in the construction industry. It focuses on five key areas. -added 17.6.10
View website here


HSE: Publications translated into world languages. HSE welcomes people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds to its web site. If you are looking for information, help or guidance a number of publications have been translated into languages other than English. -added 16.6.10
Available here


HSE: The printer's guide to health and safety published. Whatever role in printing, this book can help you comply with the law and reduce the risks of injuries and ill health. The new edition includes safety guidelines on a wider range of processes and up-to-date advice resulting from research into the causes of printing accidents. It also deals with recent changes in legislation and has a comprehensive index. -added 16.6.10
Available here


HSE: Construction leaflets in multiple languages. All construction workers have a right to work on sites where they do not get hurt or ill through work. This website will help overseas construction workers and their employers understand their roles and responsibilities under British health and safety law. -added 16.6.10
Available here


HSE: Woodworking – safe practice. The woodworking industry has one of the highest accident rates in manufacturing, most of which caused by contact with moving machinery. This page gives you a number of examples which illustrate safe practice in the use of woodcutting machinery. -added 16.6.10
Available here


HSE: Tackling stress – everyone has a role to play. By working together you can successfully tackle the causes of work related stress. These pages show how everyone in an organisation has a responsibility for the health and wellbeing of themselves and their colleagues. -added 16.6.10
More here


HSE: How do I report accidents?. A webpage with the different way accidents that require reporting under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) can be reported. -added 16.6.10
Available here


AALA: Adventure Activities Licensing Authority articles are now available on line. There are links to information about incidents, accidents and near misses that have happened in adventure activities or similar, closely related activities. Many of these appeared on the former Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) website as InfoLog entries. -added 28.5.10
Available here


HSE: Construction website rebranded. The construction website has been rebranded and has a new look and features. HSE aims to make it as easy as we can for you to make your construction site safe, healthy and legal. -added 25.5.10
View website here


HSE: Working Safely Under Motor vehicles. This leaflet is aimed at owners, managers and supervisors of motor vehicle repair facilities – it may also be useful to employees. Working beneath a vehicle is often required to check for faults, servicing, repairs etc. Because these tasks are so common, people may get used to the fact that they are working under potentially lethal weights. -added 21.5.10
More information here


HSE: Occupational Health Advice Line pilot. The Government has launched an occupational health advice line which is being piloted within England, Scotland and Wales. The pilot will run until March 2011. The advice line will provide small business owners, managers and employees with early and easy access to high quality, professional advice. It will be tailored to business needs, as well as being able to respond to individual employee health issues. -added 21.5.10
More information here


HSE: ‘One stop shop’ website for landlords on domestic gas safety website. All the information landlords need to meet their legal duties on domestic gas is now available in one place with the launch of a new website.
HSE, with support from the National Landlords Association (NLA), has launched the new microsite as a one-stop-shop to help landlords understand what they should be doing to keep tenants safe in any properties they let. -added 14.5.10
Press release here
Website here

HSE: New look woodworking website launched. The woodworking industry is one of the most dangerous in the manufacturing sector. Last year over 300 people suffered major injuries and over 1100 were off work following an accident for more than 3 days. The site includes video clips showing the safe use of various woodworking machines.-added 14.5.10
Press release here
Website here


HSE: Stress corrosion cracking of beverage mixed gas cylinders safety alert. Internal stress corrosion cracking of the cylinder wall in gas cylinders containing a mixture of carbon dioxide and pressurised nitrogen where there has been a potential for liquids to enter the cylinder during use. Stamp markings on the shoulders of cylinders that are excessively deep or sharp. -added 7.5.10
More information here


HSE: The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations. New regulations further protecting workers from the dangers of hazardous sources of artificial light come into force today. The Regulations meet a European Union Directive to ensure that standards are set and harmonised across Europe to protect workers from harm arising from exposure to hazardous sources of artificial light. Some sources of artificial light, particularly UV radiation and light from lasers can harm the eyes and skin of workers and must be properly managed. -added 27.4.10
Press release here
More information here
Regulations here


WWT/HES: Working at Heights Free Breakfast Seminar 18.5.10. In 2004 the new BSEN12811 for Scaffolding replaced BS5973 as a result of a European Initiative, not because there had been any scaffolding failures due to shortcomings in the original Standard. The changeover to the new standard resulted in much misunderstanding in the Scaffolding Industry and, in response, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) issued TG20:08 to show what physical design features had to be provided in order to comply.

The all-too frequent fatalities and prosecutions in the courts, together with daily examples before our own eyes tell us that much needs to be done to improve safe-working methods. This WWT meeting is intended to address this urgent need by explaining the various changes in the use of Scaffolding in practical terms to Industry Professionals and Client groups, so that safe working will be improved. At the same time, we will address the issues surrounding work at low heights and short duration where scaffolding may not be an advisable option and other equipment and techniques are more appropriate.

There will also be practical displays to reinforce the messages being discussed in the formal sessions and to give plenty of opportunity for further enquiry.
Flyer and booking information


LA: The Working Time Regulations 1998. The information has been updated in the light of HSE’s experience of enforcing the Regulations. It also takes account of various amendments to the Regulations including the 2009 changes for doctors in training. -added 23.4.10
Available here


HSE: Stress –Line Manager Competency Indicator Tool. Line managers play a vital role in the identification and management of stress within the organisation. The HSE, in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Investors in People, has designed a tool to allow managers to assess whether they currently have the behaviours identified as effective for preventing and reducing stress at work. -added 18.4.10
Details here


HSE: REACH website re-branded and your role explained. The REACH website has been re-branded. REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals. It came into force on the 1st of June 2007 and replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system. -added 18.4.10
Details here


HSE: Do Your Bit Campaign –subsidised training from HSE. Do Your Bit with subsidised training from HSE. HSE in association with a third party training provider, Premier Partnership, are offering two new heavily subsidised or free health and safety training courses to help organisations achieve the potential benefits associated with a collaborative approach to health and safety at work (lower accident rates, increased productivity, efficiency and quality). -added 18.4.10
Details here


HSE: Potential effects of noise induced hearing loss demonstration video. This video demonstration of noise induced hearing loss allows you to ’see’ the sort of damage that excessive noise can cause inside your ears. -added 1.4.10
Available here


HSE: Construction tower cranes. The Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 come into force on 6 April 2010. The leaflet (INDG437) outlines the guidance on complying with the Regulations. -added 1.4.10
Available here


HSE: Provision of welfare facilities during construction work. This information sheet is for dutyholders involved in construction work. It replaces previous guidance contained in ‘Provision of welfare facilities at transient construction sites’ and in ‘Provision of welfare facilities at fixed construction sites’. It gives guidance on the minimum welfare facilities that must be provided or made available to workers on construction sites. -added 22.3.10
Available here


HSE: New online tool to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders. A new downloadable tool is now available to help businesses and organisations reduce the likelihood of their employees suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper limbs associated with repetitive tasks. -added 22.3.10
Press release here
Tool available here


LA: The control of silica risks associated with kerb, paving and lock cutting. This circular provides specific guidance on the control and enforcement of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) issues associated with kerb, paving and block cutting in the construction industry. -added 22.3.10
Available here


HSE: Food and drink manufacture website rebranded. The food and drink manufacturing industry actually comprises over 30 different industries. These range from slaughterhouses, sugar refineries and grain mills to malt manufacture and whisky distilling. The rebranded website includes a new design, new features, better navigation, resources etc. -added 26.2.10
Available here


HSE: Use ‘STEP’ to manage slips and trips risks. Our eLearning tool, STEP (Slips and Trips eLearning Package) is designed to help you assess and manage slip and trip hazards in the workplace. STEP includes easy-to-follow guidance, case studies, videos, animations and quizzes. These are designed to give you the information you need to set up and maintain a safer way of working. . -added 26.2.10
Available here


HSE: New construction site leaflets. What you need to know as a busy builder: -added 12.3.10
Running a small construction company
Manual Handling
Roof work
Welfare


HSE: Initiative launched to encourage quieter workplaces. A new initiative has been launched to encourage manufacturers to make quieter machinery and businesses to use it, in a bid to reduce noise-related ill health in the workplace. -added 12.3.10
Press release available here


HSE: New Managing for Health and Safety website. The site is designed to appeal to both those who are new to health & safety management and also to the more mature organisation. It brings together HSE’s current material on managing health and safety in one hub, and also identifies stakeholders’ best practice. The site shows reasons why health & safety should be managed, what needs to be managed, (linking the New Strategy themes), and points to some management solutions. It’s the first step in developing the revision of HSG65 Successful Health and Safety Management. -added 2.3.10
View here


HSE: Supervising for safety in woodworking guidance. As a supervisor, you have an important role in making your workshop safe. Like it or not, you are management’s ‘eyes and ears’ on the shop floor. However, accident investigations have shown that supervisors are often unaware of their responsibilities and do not see themselves as part of the management team. -added 26.2.10
Available here


HSE: WAIT (Work at height Access equipment Information Toolkit) toolkit. If you don’t work at height very often or are unsure about which type of access equipment to use, it’s important that you assess the risks and select the right equipment for the job. WAIT shows you some possible solutions. -added 23.2.10
Available here


HSE: Transportable pressure equipment information. The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 have fully updated the legislation which effectively implements the requirements of the European agreement concerning the carriage of dangerous goods (ADR). -added 18.2.10
More here


HSE: Guidance to baggage handling industry. The HSE has worked alongside the aviation industry to help develop and provide guidance on baggage handling, and continues to stress the need for increased mechanical support. -added 18.2.10
Available here


HSE: Chemicals – Prior Informed Consent (PIC). There is a requirement to notify HSE of the import and export within the European Union of some dangerous chemicals. Its aim is to share information on dangerous chemicals, including how to store, transport, use and dispose of these chemicals safely. -added 18.2.10
More here


HSE: EDEXIM (European Database Export Import of Dangerous Chemicals) updated to incorporate new EC Regulation (EU) No. 15/2010. EDEXIM (European Database Export Import of Dangerous Chemicals) now incorporates all the changes to Annex I of Regulation (EC) No. 689/2008 that Commission Regulation (EU) No. 15/2010 has introduced. -added 18.2.10
Available here


AALS: Guidance on when schools need to use a licensed provider. Educational establishments (schools/colleges) themselves are exempt from the requirement to hold a licence when providing to their own pupils or students. Covered under that exemption are their employees e.g. a teacher. Educational establishments providing licensable activities to pupils of another school or college in return for payment would require a licence under the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004. -added 18.2.10
Available here


AALS: Guidance on when a fundraising event become a licensable situation. Some charitable/fund events have to be licenced under the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004. -added 18.2.10
Available here


HSE: Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 guidance. These regulations come into force on 6 April 2010 and require certain information about conventional tower cranes used on construction sites to be notified to HSE. The guidance sets out the types that need to be notified to HSE, who needs to ensure notification is made etc. -added 18.2.10
Available here


HSE: Adventure activities licensing additional guidance. These Guidance Notes deal with matters of general interpretation of the Adventure Activities Regulations and with topics that are not appropriate for other sections. -added 18.2.10
Available here


HSE: Protecting migrant workers guidance. If you employ migrant workers (who have come to work in Great Britain in the last five years and are working legally or otherwise), or other recently arrived workers from overseas, this guidance shows the kind of approach a small business can take. Use it to help you think through some of the problems that can arise, and the steps you need to take to make sure risks are controlled. -added 8.2.10
Available here


HSE: Slips trips and Falls website re-branded. To coincide with the launch of phase 3 of the ‘Shatterd Lives campaign’ the slips and trips website has been rebranded with a new design, better navigation, news, resources etc. -added 2.2.10
Available here


HSE: Work at height toolkit. A user friendly toolkit of advice, guidance and many other useful resources, to help people who occasionally work at height, understand how to do so safely and be aware of some types of access equipment that are available. -added 2.2.10
Available here


HSE: Shattered Lives Campaign part 3. Simple mistakes can shatter lives – ‘Your actions could stop them happening’. Phase 3 of the award winning Shattered Lives campaign launches today (1 February), focussing on actions that employers can take to prevent slips, trips and falls at work. -added 1.2.10
More information here


HSE: Load safety, planning load handling. Unsafe loads on vehicles injure more than 1,200 people a year and cost UK businesses millions of pounds in damaged goods. Planning how you secure the load is an important step to keeping workers safe. -added 30.1.10
Available here


HSE: New Asbestos Survey guide. This publication replaces and expands on MDHS100, Surveying, sampling and assessment of asbestos-containing materials. It is aimed at people carrying out asbestos surveys and people with specific responsibilities for managing asbestos in non-domestic premises under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006. The book covers competence and quality assurance and surveys, including: survey planning, carrying out surveys, the survey report and the dutyholder’s use of the survey information. It includes extensive appendices and references. -added 30.1.10
Available here


HSE: Review and revision of COMAH safety reports. Guidance for operators of top tier COMAH establishments. This guidance gives advice on the requirements for review and revision of safety reports under Regulation 8 of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH). The guidance has been revised to reflect the changes in arrangements for the submission and assessment of the five-year safety report review. -added 30.1.10
Available here


HSE: Procuring and managing waste services website. Local authorities (LA) and others are responsible for managing waste. These web pages are for people whose duty is to procure, manage and monitor waste management services. -added 30.1.10
Available here


HSE: Guidance for bodies offering an accredited qualification in Emergency First Aid at Work. It sets out the training standard that must be applied by Awarding Bodies in offering an accredited emergency first aid at work (EFAW) qualification for the purposes of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981. -added 30.1.10
Available here


NHS: Healthy Working Lives website. The NHS (Scotland) have launched this website. The aim is to help employers, employees and all their partner agencies come together to create a much healthier and more motivated workforce. Although primarily for Scottish organisations there is a lot of useful information for everyone. -added 27.1.10
Available here


HSE: The Seveso II Directive website. A new website tracking changes to EU legislation that affects Control of Major Accident Hazards businesses. -added 15.1.10
Available here


HSE: Will you wake up? – Guidance for students using gas appliances in rented accommodation. Last year 15 people died and 234 suffered major injuries from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Don’t become a statistic; there are things you can do to keep yourself safe. If you are living in rented accommodation, your landlord has a to have any gas appliance that they own regularly maintained by a Gas Safe Register engineer and issue you with a copy of the gas safety certificate. -added 12.1.10
Available here


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